Living Arrows {2018} 19/53

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Every week I join in with Living Arrows, a blog linky run by Donna at What the Redhead Said. The name Living Arrows comes from a poem by Kahlil Gibran; “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”, and each Monday I share a photo of M, and one of B, and a bit about what we’ve been up to the previous week.

This week has been hard work as M has been refusing her naps when she still really needs to be having one! As a result I’ve resorted to timing journeys at nap times so that she’ll fall asleep in the car as I’m that desperate for her to have a rest during the day. The lack of nap is having an impact on her night time sleep too, and she’s waking up increasingly earlier each morning (it was 5am yesterday morning!). It doesn’t help that her bedroom is South Easterly facing and her blind lets in loads of light so with these new sunny mornings, we can’t really blame her for thinking that it’s time to get up! I have ordered a Gro Clock from Amazon in desperation, so I’ll let you know how that goes down…

M enjoying the Highway Rat Trail at High Lodge, Thetford Forest

Anyway, the need for longer car drives meant that on Saturday, we decided to venture down to one of our favourite places, High Lodge Thetford Forest. We enjoyed a picnic on the lawn, which was just like being at the beach (except grass instead of sand, obviously!) and took a wander around the Highway Rat Trail, at M’s request. She loved finding the signs and pointing them out to us and anybody else who happened to be passing! She even wore her hat (almost) all of the way round, which is a big improvement on last year!

As for B, she just comes along for the ride! I’ve realised that I’m guilty of not taking as many photographs of her as I do M, probably because she doesn’t really do much yet! I’m so proud of her, though, as she is still really chilled out, even in the face of her big sister’s lack-of-sleep-induced grumpiness!

B at 7 weeks old

B has also shown me her first smiles this week, which has been such a joy. I’d forgotten how special these moments are. Of course, she’s not sharing any smiles for the camera just yet, so I’ve chosen this one that I took of her on her daddy’s shoulder. I love that she’s becoming more and more alert and can’t wait to see more of her character develop.

A weekly photo diary of my daughters' lives at 7 weeks and 23 months old.

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  1. May 7, 2018 / 7:34 am

    Gorgeous photos! It must be exciting to see those smiles. Sorry to hear about the lack of a nap. My kids are all big now – 16, 14 and 12 – and they all gave up napping very early. I remember those 5am starts as being tough too! Ironically, I’m always awake at that time (and often a lot earlier!) myself these days and I don’t mind it any more.

    • Jules
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      May 7, 2018 / 8:54 am

      I’m reminding myself that they will grow up quickly and sleep will soon return!

  2. May 7, 2018 / 8:02 pm

    Sounds like you had a lovely Saturday despite the nap problems! my 5 year old still naps some weekends in the car! my almost two year old only snaps in the buggy or car too! At least I get some exercise every lunch time! #livingarrows

    • Jules
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      May 7, 2018 / 9:53 pm

      M napped in her cot today. It was a bank holiday miracle! Hoping I can replicate it tomorrow! Unfortunately she won’t sleep in the pram, as I could do with the exercise!

  3. May 8, 2018 / 11:10 am

    Both such lovely photos! I am paranoid I don’t take enough of my youngest! 😀 Hope the sleep situation improves soon for you! 🙂

    • Jules
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      May 9, 2018 / 3:04 am

      I definitely don’t take enough of B. Thank you, me too!

  4. May 9, 2018 / 12:15 am

    What beautiful photos. First smiles are the best aren’t they? #LivingArrows

    • Jules
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      May 9, 2018 / 3:05 am

      Thank you. They really are!

  5. May 9, 2018 / 12:00 pm

    Oh my gosh, B is so big! When did that happen?! And Athena dropped her nap as soon as Troy was born – and boy did she still need one! I can feel your pain, it’s such hard work x

    • Jules
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      May 9, 2018 / 1:29 pm

      In the last week, it seems! I picked her up this morning and said to Matthew that she suddenly seems really big. M seems to be on a *slightly* more even keel nap-wise this week, but it’s only been two days since the BH weekend so I won’t count my chickens! x

  6. May 13, 2018 / 11:28 pm

    Both mine stopped napping at 2 so I feel your pain – I did a lot of driving to get them to nap too! Hope M gets back to normal soon x #LivingArrows

    • Jules
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      May 14, 2018 / 3:17 am

      She’s been loads better this week, thankfully! x

  7. May 15, 2018 / 9:12 am

    Nap dropping is such a nightmare! My eldest dropped his naps when my younger one came along… I hope it gets better for you soon x #LivingArrows

    • Jules
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      May 15, 2018 / 9:45 pm

      Thankfully she seems to be getting back to her napping ways again! x

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